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Letter from the Editor: Post-Election Changes, Two Sodas and Taking the Stairs

The elections are over and the voters have spoken … or have they? I thought that most of the dissatisfaction with what has been happening the past three to four years has been about the economy. Isn’t that why we had a change in leadership two years ago and isn’t that what the political pundits have been saying? Yet the first thing to hit the news from our new leaders is the repeal of the Affordable Health Care Act. I have heard numerous speeches and read many articles about reversing all that has happened in the last two years, but not much of it focused on the issues of the economy or unemployment: it’s all about the healthcare changes. Whichever side of the fence you sit on we do need to make sure our citizens have health coverage and that the first line clinicians and primary care prescribers are given enough incentive to take care of their patients. In addition there needs to be a way to have the patient take more responsibility for their own healthcare and provide them with the education to do so.

This week our publisher, Steve Freed, has found evidence that two sugary drinks a day increases the risk for diabetes, and that is two cans not two Super Big Gulps. Sheri Colberg, Ph.D., FACSM, also weighs in with a new article, Diabetes Rising: What Can We Do to Stop It Before It’s Too Late? giving us some ideas that help our patients to take responsibility for increasing their own activity.

Many of you have helped patients avert diabetes disasters and we can all learn from them. If you have a “disaster averted” then send it in and if we use it in our new Diabetes Clinical Mastery Series you will receive a Visa Gift Card worth $50.00. Thank you again and congratulations to our readers who have been sent gift cards for their contributions! Click here to let us know the details. (You can use your name or remain anonymous if you prefer.)

Announcements:

Oklahoma Native American TCOYD Conference & Health Fair, Saturday, November 13, 2010
The TCOYD team will be at the Cox Convention Center in Oklahoma City for a special conference and health fair event featuring top Native American physicians and diabetes educators. For more 2010 upcoming conference details, please go to TCOYD.org.

dLife.com: November 7, 7PM ET on CNBC
Topics: A visit with a Native American family that has been hit hard by diabetes; an award winning photographer whose fear of blindness defined his career; how ‘tweens’ deal with diabetes and growing independence; and demystifying dietary supplements. Special Guest: David Schultz. Sundays on CNBC at 7 PM ET, 6 PM CT, and 4 PM PT. Catch up on dLife.com.

Please answer this week’s poll (in the right-hand column): If insulin and pramlintide (Symlin) were available in a dual chamber adjustable injection device, which insulin-using patients would you feel comfortable giving it to?

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Dave Joffe, Editor-in-chief